The Rocks And Minerals Hobby Industry

The Rocks And Minerals Hobby Industry

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There are few hobbies that can be shared by the whole family.
The hobby of collecting rocks and minerals is one that can interest the entire family. Rocks and minerals are not only educational but also entertaining and fascinating. One of these hobbyists said in an interview that when she found a new type of rock on her way to New Jersey, she was so overwhelmed with joy, she felt as if she had found Solomon’a goldmine.

Unlike other hobbies, the hobby of collecting rocks and minerals requires that hobbyist to have at least a basic working knowledge of rocks and minerals. Rocks are usually made up of one or more minerals. When different elements combine, the mineral is the result. Minerals are generally without any definite shape. But, when some of the mineral deposits mold into each other, it forms a layer with different irregular shapes and sizes. Some minerals also form crystals.

Rocks are easy to collect and classify. Many hobbyists store rocks and minerals in a museum like setups. To know and classify a rock requires much geological knowledge and experiences. Many rock collectors often sell their rocks and mineral samples. There are many tools available to break rocks and store them. For sample collection, a hobbyist should have some formal or informal training in handling the different tools for rock sampling, so as not to damage the rock.

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Eight Billion Reasons Yahoo Didn’t Buy Facebook

Eight Billion Reasons Yahoo Didn’t Buy Facebook


For much of the year, Facebook had been in negotiation to sell itself to Yahoo.
The market value of the “instant behemoth” social service sites has fluctuated, as services both large and small have changed hands this year. The first big acquisition was Newscorp’s purchase of MySpace for $580 million in 2005. That set a benchmark, which was driven upward somewhat by the NBC Universal purchase of women’s online network iVillage for $600 million earlier this year.

Social networking sites typically allow users to create and share blogs, pictures, and videos with friends and the wider public. What makes Facebook different from MySpace? Its founder(s) set out to create a social networking site that is designed for post-high school users. It connects people by region, college, company, and high school.

Build a personal profile and connect with others who are sharing your life experience as opposed to your social, entertainment, and artistic interests, which are the focal points in MySpace. Facebook attempted to blend a little maturity into the energized chaos found on MySpace, and they have been successful. Their current membership is somewhere north of ten million – compared to the 145 million that MySpace claims.

The MySpace inclusion of ‘artist pages’ allows artists working in audio and video mediums to freely distribute media from within a social network. It has become a central feature of the network. Artist pages exist alongside individual profiles, and in addition to the regular profile features … Read more

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